Garden State Comic Fest 2015 Announces Contests and Prizes

GSCF Cosplay Showdown

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Garden State Comic Fest Announces Contests and Prizes

The Garden State Comic Fest will be giving away (as contest prizes) tickets to this fall’s New York Comic Con! Promoter, Sal Zurzolo says, “In addition to traditional cash prizes we are giving away something much more VALUABLE and you can you get one of these much sought after items the old fashioned way, by earning it when you win one of four contests.”

“We heard about how quickly the NYCC tickets sold and wanted to show some appreciation to our fans so in addition to winning them in a contest, we will be giving away as door prizes 2 NYCC Passes.” added Dave O’Hare, the show’s founder.

Dave said, “Those with a talent for drawing, can enter the Art Contest which will be judged by some of our very own guest artists.”

“If you can’t draw a stick figure, then our attendees can put their knowledge of super powered beings (and Batman) to good use by entering the Trivia Contest and prove that your intellect is superior to all challengers,” said Sal.

“If you like costumes, then put on your best cape, cowl and body paint and enter the GSCF Garden State Cosplay Showdown costume contest,” Dave said.

In addition, Dave said, “We are ecstatic to announce several panels including the first ever WDHA radio led Rocks and Comic panel, art historian Arlen Schumer’s presentation on ‘The Silver Age of Comic Book Art,’ and many more.”

The GSCF will crown a costume contest champion at the newly named Garden State Cosplay Showdown. A single admission starts at $13 (pre-show). Tickets are available on-line and at the door. For more information, including contests and panel schedules, contact the GSCF at or

UPDATED: Scene on Video: Mile High Comics at SDCC 2015

Chuck Rozanski SDCC 2015

Chuck Rozanski from Mile High Comics provided regular updates from the San Diego Comic-Con, and we have them gathered in one place for you.

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SDCC 2015 Recap: Deadpool

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Next year’s Deadpool film emerged as one of the highlights of this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Here are the full panel, interviews including one with Rob Liefeld, and the leaked trailer (NOTE: The trailer is not work-friendly or kid-safe.)

Deadpool Full Panel
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Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller & Brianna Hildebrand’s DEADPOOL Interview
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MTV interviews Ryan Reynolds
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MTV interviews Ed Skrein
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JoBlo interviews Rob Liefeld
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Bootleg Copy of the Trailer
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Scene on Video: SDCC 2015

Be sure to keep coming back for more as we curate the best videos from the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con.

Scene on Video LIVE: Marvel at SDCC

Marvel SDCC 2015

Marvel will be streaming live from the San Diego Comic-Con from 9:30AM to 7 PM PT each day (5PM on Sunday), and you can watch it right here:

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Scene on Video: WBTV Stars Describe SDCC in 3 Words


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It’s finally Comic-Con week and Warner Bros. Television talent are just as excited as the fans! They’ll have lots to say at their panels at SDCC, but for now…they’re expressing their excitement in just three words.

Left to their own devices with little instruction and only a cell phone for filming, some of TV’s biggest stars embraced the challenge: Share your Comic-Con experience in three words.The team at WBTV assembled the fun challenge in one super video.

Stars that participated in the rogue camera challenge include:

  • Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
  • The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Candice Accola and Michael Malarkey
  • Mike Tyson Mysteries’ Mike Tyson
  • The Flash’s Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker
  • Arrow’s Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne
  • The 100’s Eliza Taylor
  • The Originals’ Charles Michael Davis
  • Person of Interest’s Kevin Chapman
  • Gotham’s Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova
  • Blindspot’s Jaimie Alexander
  • and the entire cast of iZOMBIE: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley and David Anders.

And feel free to share YOUR three words for Comic-Con on social media! Use #WBSDCC so we won’t miss it.

Stand with the Mockingjay

July 9, 2015 by  
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The marketing for the final Hunger Games ramps up.

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Deadpool Cast Confirms SDCC 2015 Appearance with a Series of Tweets

Deadpool Comic-Con

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This morning, Ryan Reynolds and the cast of the upcoming film from 20th Century Fox, DEADPOOL, announced their appearance at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego with a nod to The Merc’s favorite TV Show, The Golden Girls, by tweeting the theme song. Below, find all the tweets from the DEADPOOL cast in order:




Release: February 12, 2016

Director: Tim Miller

Screenplay by: Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese

Producers: Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, Ryan Reynolds

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand


Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Hero Initiative Details MASSIVE Plans for SDCC 2015

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Hero Initiative Details MASSIVE Plans for San Diego’s Comic-Con

With New Overstreet plus two great parties: Stone Brewing’s Hop-Con and Jinx’s Second Annual Comic Kickoff Fundraiser!

Hero SDCCLOS ANGELES, CA (July 1, 2015) – The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is travelling to Comic-Con International in San Diego July 8th -12th at the San Diego Convention center. We have exclusives, parties and special guests throughout the weekend that you will not want to miss! Booth #5003 is the place to be!

Partygoers will have a great time with Hero, starting Wednesday, July 8 at 5 p.m. for Hop-Con! Star Trek’s Wil Wheaton and’s Drew Curtis debut their new w00tstout beer at Stone Brewing’s World Bistro! And the Rev. Dave Johnson had the honor to create the label for the famed beer. Prints of Rev. Dave’s art are available, so don’t miss out on this epic event! Proceeds benefit Hero, so get your tickets NOW!

The good times continue to roll all night Wednesday! Head to Gabe Eltaeb’s Second Annual Comic Kickoff Fundraiser and Party at Basic Bar and Pizza located at 410 10th Ave. in downtown San Diego from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.! Win great raffle prizes, meet amazing artists and have a couple drinks all to support Hero initiative! Artists include Todd Nauck, Jim Calafiore, Eddie Nunez, Doug Wheatley and more!

Hero is proud to once again have an exclusive limited edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45. Now in its fifth decade, the Guide is the preeminent source for comic book pricing information, and SDCC is where to get it first! The cover this year features The Spirit by Dave Johnson. This Hero-exclusive edition is limited to 500 copies in hardcover only at $35.

And Hero has your chance to meet Robert Overstreet himself! Five lucky winners will get a chance to have lunch with Overstreet AND get an amazing prize package worth over $400! Check out Hero’s auctions on eBay and place your bid!

Hero is your exclusive go-to for CGC Signature Series for a number of great creators including: Amanda Conner, Alex de Campi, Dan Jurgens, Brian Haberlin, Jonathan Hickman, Dave Johnson, Scott Koblish, Ken Lashley, David Lloyd, Laura Martin, Bill Morrison, Greg Pak, Jimmy Palmiotti, Andrew Pepoy, Darick Robertson and Jim Zub. You MUST drop off your books at the CGC booth, #901, by Friday, July 10 at 5 p.m., and get your signatures and certifications without the hassle of lines!

And as always, Hero has an amazing crew of artists and writers at the booth! Make sure you don’t miss out on 10-year-old sensation Ethan Castillo! Check him out, along with all the amazing talent:

WED., JULY 8 (con hours 600-900)

630-900: Scott Koblish

THUR., JULY 9 (con hours 930-700)

1100-1230: Dave Johnson

130-300: Ethan Castillo

430-600: Dave Johnson + Robert Overstreet

FRI., JULY 10 (con hours 930-700)

1000-1100: Alex de Campi

1100-1230: Dave Johnson

1230-130: Dan Jurgens

130-300: Ethan Castillo

430-600: Dave Johnson

SAT., JULY 11 (con hours 930-700)

1000-1100: Alex de Campi

1100-1200: Dave Johnson

1200-100: Dan Jurgens

530-700: Greg Pak

SUN., JULY 12 (con hours 930-500)

1000-1100: Alex de Campi

1100-1200: Dave Johnson

1200-200: Greg Pak


About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $700,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.

Upcoming Garden State Comic Fest Doubles In Size for July 2015

Greg Hildebrandt

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Featuring many top flight comic creators, vendors and cosplayers like Greg Hildebrandt (Star Wars, Magic the Gathering), Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men), Amy Chu (Wonder Woman) Alex Saviuk (Spider-Man, Superman), Ethan Van Sciver (The Flash, New X-Men), and Joe Staton (Green Lantern, Justice Society of America) and writers like Larry Hama (GI Joe, Wolverine) and Erica Schultz (Revenge, M3). The Garden State Comic Fest will be holding what promises to be New Jersey’s best Summer comic book convention from Saturday, July 25th to Sunday, July 26th at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown, New Jersey.

“We also have some of the top comic book dealers in the world like Metropolis Collectibles, owners of the $3.2 Million first appearance of Superman comic book, and Dave’s American Comics, as well as Jersey stores like Zapp! Comics, Fat Moose and East Side Mags,” said promoter and founder Dave O’Hare.

“At its heart the GS Comic Fest is going to be a good old fashioned comic book convention that’s fun, fan friendly and affordable. We will have new and rare comics, art, toys and other collectibles,” O’Hare said.

“We decided to move locations to the Mennen Sports Arena, increasing our size to almost 25,000 square feet and over 200 tables and booths,” said Sal Zurzolo, O’Hare’s co-owner/promoter. “That along with the switch from one to two days allows us to bring in more A-plus exhibitors.”

“At The Garden State Comic Fest you can diversify your portfolio by investing in valuable collectibles,” O’Hare noted. “Wannabe artists can get advice from our published professionals. Individuals can sell their comics, get lucky and win a door prize or enter and win over a thousand dollars in prizes in the costume contest, art contest, and trivia contests.”

Also featured will be nationally renowned cosplayers (costume players), coming from around the country like BelleChere and Mikomi Chan, plus local favorites like Ruby Rinekso and Brea Biaa.

With free parking for attendees the two-day Garden State Comic Fest will take place from Saturday, July 25th to Sunday, July 26th at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown, New Jersey. Single admission tickets range from $13-$65.  Tickets are available on-line and will be available at the door. For more information, log onto: or

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